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To make a new breed of travel guide, we deployed locals. They looked under the surface, on the margin, on the BRINK of their own cities. They are entrenched in the culture of their city and can share the secret gems in their own backyards.

ArtZone 461 Gallery

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1783.9 KM AWAY
461 Valencia St.
San Francisco, CA
All right, an art gallery that gets it! This place features a lot of Bay-area artists and a markedly more comfy atmosphere. Sure, art is supposed to be purchased, but the folks here don't mind if you're not buying. Art is also about ideas and pushing culture & philosophy. You won't be disappointed if you can tolerate mostly classical paintings and sculptures. There's always an abstract expressionistic something-or-other to play with your understanding. Be sure to ask questions.

Hotel Villa Paradiso dell’Etna, San Giovanni La Punta

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1783.9 KM AWAY
Via per Viagrande, 37
San Giovanni La Punta, CT
About 6 miles (10km) from Catania, Villa Paradiso rests on the slopes of Mt. Etna between San Giovanni La Punta & Viagrande. The grand opening was in December 1929, providing beautiful panoramic views of Etna and the gardens ever since. There are 30 rooms and 4 suites, all furnished with antique Sicilian wares, traditional upholstery, and vintage prints. Marble floors with inlaid graniglie, trompe l‘oeil fresco décor, and handcrafted stucco create a heightened sense of refinery and class.

Café Brown Sugar

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1783.9 KM AWAY
M73, M Block Market, Greater Kailash 1
Delhi, NEW DELHI
This place serves fantastic (well, if you like greasy non-healthful cuisine) Indian style fast food. It is a perfect stop for the shopaholic in search of easy and cheap midday fuel.

Tosca Cafe

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1783.9 KM AWAY
242 Columbus Avenue
San Francisco, CA
Slide into a cozy red vinyl booth and have a drink at Tosca, the classic bar of North Beach. The bartenders are top notch - they can create any specialty drink you can throw at 'em. The atmosphere is a blast from the past, resembling an old diner with vintage jukeboxes and a long narrow bar. It's survived for over 80 years, and still serves 'em up expertly. After a fine Italian dinner, stop in for a night-cap. Tosca's known for its hot chocolate, cappuccino with brandy, and tasty Irish coffee.

Bix

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1783.9 KM AWAY
56 Gold Street
San Francisco, CA
Bix is a stylish two-storey bar reminiscent of the 1930’s and 40’s. It's located in a Jackson Square alley near the Transamerica Building. At the long mahogany bar, classic and creative cocktails are served by excellent bartenders. Bix offers modern American food such as Kobe beef, Maine lobster, and black truffle cheeseburgers. Enjoy an intimate dining experience while listening to live jazz nightly. The service here is impeccable.

Fleur de Lys

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1783.9 KM AWAY
777 Sutter St.
San Francisco, CA
For an overly-posh establishment, this place actually deserves a visit. Don't venture here without a few hundred bucks to blow and someone to impress. The chef and owner - Hubert Keller - puts a decent amount of work into his business; despite being cheesy and definitely too opulent, the food here is choice. Don't be tempted by the caviar or the more expensive wine pairing. There are a ton of adventurous dishes like rabbit, foie gras, and things tartar. This is a must try - once.

Global Exchange

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1783.9 KM AWAY
4018 24th St.
San Francisco, CA
This is your place for some guilt-free shopping. All of the products are fair trade or eco-friendly. Creative finds - like dishware made from recycled magazines, hand-painted pottery, recycled-tire purses, hemp clothing, and funky jewelry - are waiting here for you. And let's face it, you could always use another Putomayo CD.

San Francisco Botanical Garden

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1783.9 KM AWAY
1199 9th Ave
San Francisco, CA
Explore the Redwood Trail, learn about prehistoric plants, relax by the turtle pond, have a picnic in the meadow. Children's garden, events, a library, and a bookstore. Free guided tours daily!

Astor Wines & Spirits

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1783.9 KM AWAY
399 Lafayette Street
New York, NY
Aficionados and casual booze-hounds alike will find something. This wine shop, in particular, has just about every option you can think of. Pick up a quality bottle for a small dinner party, hanging out with friends, an after-work card game, or just for sipping on while reading a book. Countless wines, spirits and sakes grin at you in technicolor hues, heralding from all places, many years, and the full gamut of grape varieties; it'd be a mistake to not make this your New York liquor store of choice. Keep your eyes peeled for wine tastings, too - sometimes the crowd can get to that perfect silly place.

Museo Mandralisca

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1783.9 KM AWAY
Via Mandralisca 13
Cefalù, PA
Don't expect too many paintings here, ladies and gents, although there are a couple of noteworthy works. The Museo Mandralisca - founded by the Baron of Madralisca in the 19th Century - includes mostly examples of archeological significance. Coins, vases, and shell collections are what one should expect to peek at, here on the west side of the Piazza del Duomo in Cefalù. If you don't like artifacts, you're in the wrong place.

Cliff's Variety Store

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1783.9 KM AWAY
479 Castro St.
San Francisco, CA
This store is kind of like if a Hardware Store and a Craft Store had a baby that was subsequently raised by uncle General Store after dad ran off with a cocktail waitress. In other words, think of a miniature big-box store - if that makes any sense - which basically has anything you could possibly need. Power tools, kids' toys, and crotchety old attendants abound, but don't be afraid to ask for help - the folks here are actually quite pleasant. Consider Cliff's a cruising mecca for both the tough and the crafty. Yowzers!

Angelo's Pizza on 55th

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1783.9 KM AWAY
1043 2nd Avenue
New York , NY
Great spot for a casual family night out. Pizza, pastas, and salads in a roomy atmosphere (an unusual quality for a city pizza joint). Enjoy the crispy crusts, fresh sauces, and the outdoor patio. They only serve beer, so if wine is your drink of choice, bring your own.

City Lights Bookstore

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1783.9 KM AWAY
261 Columbus
San Francisco, CA
A hub of activity during the Beatnik era, this place has stayed true to its character. Three floors of books, including a section devoted entirely to Beatnik literature. Great place to find local authors and new titles.

Continental

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1783.9 KM AWAY
25 Third Avenue (between St. Marks Place & 9th St.)
New York, NY
Continental is an unapologetic bar that lives & dies by its aggressive specials - you ready for this? Five shots of anything for ten bucks (all day), everything's two-four bucks from 4pm-8am, and everything's two-six bucks from 8pm-4am. Booths line one side of this dark, booze-soaked den of vice. Continental is an acquired taste, but you'll be too wasted to care. It attracts lots of NYU students as well as a local hodgepodge of characters, so you're guaranteed a lively scene. Cash only.

Anselmo - Trattoria Alla Marinara

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1783.9 KM AWAY
2, Via I Palazzo - Torre Faro
Messina, ME
Anselmo is one of the most well-known modern eateries in Messina. Epic seafood and a beautiful setting in Torre Faro, this is a must for any of you traveling food-snobs. It's all about the food & wine here, and don't you forget it. If you thought you'd come home more fit from all the walking and swimming, you'd be mistaken.

Moby Dick Bar

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1783.9 KM AWAY
4049 18th Street
San Francisco, CA
This is a great bar. It has excellent patronage - from old daddies and Castro relics to straight women and all that's in-between. This place is a divey treasure, especially amongst so much neon and sparkle. They've got great deals on something called 'margaritas on tap' - whatever the hell that means - along with other strong drinks and good beer. Thumbs up.

Kempinski Hotel Giardino di Costanza, Mazara del Vallo

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1783.9 KM AWAY
Via Salemi
Mazara, TP
This is an elegant, hideaway country resort, nestled amidst a 100,000 square meter park inspired by Arabian gardens with fountains, gazebos, and water features. The hotel recalls the traditional architecture of the area within the natural elements of the surrounding olive groves and vineyards, making for some great pics for the album. This is a refined resort experience that combines ultimate relaxation - complete with pools & beach club, a one-of-a-kind Nakhlah longevity, lifestyle & beauty spa, a children program, and a wealth of excursions. Discover countless treasures and traditions dating back over 2000 years in Erice, Segesta, and Mothia. You might not be able to do everything in one trip - but then, it's nice to have an excuse to return.

Golden Gate Bridge

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golden gate bridge
San Francisco, CA
This is the standard for San Francisco landmarks. Boasting stunning views, fantastic architecture and all the freezing cold you could care to experience in a lifetime, the Golden Gate Bridge is a must for anyone adventuring to the Bay Area - for the first time. But where does it go? Should you cross it? The answer is 'Nowhere,' and the answer is 'No.' Immediately across the bridge is Sausalito, which is a charming postcard type town with nothing to do but eat and look at the neat houses. Then you have to pay something like $6 to cross the Golden Gate back into the city if you're in a car. It is recommended that you just take a bus to the Golden Gate and check it out that way. If you want to see Sausalito, you can take the Golden Gate Transit, a bus line that runs up and down the North Bay. Peaceful and serene.

Ed's Lobster Bar

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1783.9 KM AWAY
222 Lafayette Street
New York, NY
Bisque, burger, ravioli, roll and galette - everything sounds better when you preface it with 'lobster.' Saddle up to the bar on Hump Day for some lobster meatballs and a Spiked Palmer. It'll make the mid-week agony infinitely more tolerable. Hell, you might have to just go home and take a nap afterward.

Telegraph Hill Parrots

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1783.9 KM AWAY
Telegraph Hill
San Francisco, CA

Oink

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1783.9 KM AWAY
34 Victoria Street
Edinburgh,
With a business name like this, you would be daft to NOT have guessed. A carnivore's paradise, you'll find the best pulled-pork sandwiches in town! If you're an organic, vegetarian type of person, you might want to sit this one out. The huge roast hog in the window is enough to entice, and the smell finishes the job. Get your sandwich with extra crackling and delicious sage stuffing - once the hog is gone, the shop closes! So get in at a good time or risk missing out.

The Green Wok

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1783.9 KM AWAY
M Block Market, Greater Kailash Part 1
Delhi, NEW DELHI
The Green serves the Italian food with a healthy dose of good old punjabi food. Here you can try the simple penne with cheese and tomato and you can add some exotic toppings like red wine sauce, Spanish olives and jalapenos for a small added cost. Also try the Delicious pasta, chicken lasagne, chocolate mousse. Avoid the Thai food.